It is only two weeks into the WNBA season, so we’re basing these off a short sample size. The rankings are based on past week win/loss record, season record, and who is playing the best basketball.
1.Washington Mystics: (3-1) Last week: 2
While the Mystics did drop their most recent game against the Wings, they have still looked like the best team this far. Their offense has shown glimpses of the historic 2019 season. An impressive win over the Aces keeps them atop the rankings.
2. Las Vegas Aces: (3-1) Last week: 1
This past week, the Aces lost to the Washington Mystics by 13. They would bounce back against the Atlanta Dream in the next game. So far, this team has looked like it has made some improvements on both sides of the ball and should continue to be one of the best teams in the league.
3. Atlanta Dream: (3-1) Last week: 4
This past week, the Dream were battle-tested, beating both the Los Angeles Sparks and the Indiana Fever. Rhyne Howard has been great for the Dream and is looking like the best rookie of the 2022 class so far. This week she showed that she has what it takes to potentially be their franchise player.
4. Chicago Sky (2-1) Last week:7
The Sky dismantled the Liberty and crawled past the Lynx in a four-point victory. They are still yet to be fully healthy, but this talent alone is looking elite. Holding the Liberty to 17 first-half points is insane.
5. Dallas Wings (2-1) Last week:11
It was an incredible week for both the Wings and Arike, a win over the top team in the WNBA standings and another over the Liberty. Arike has been efficient with her prolific scoring, which opens up everyone else. Three games coming up this week will give us a real look at where they are.
6. Phoenix Mercury(2-1) Last week: 9
It’s hard to get too excited after two wins over a Stewie-less Storm team. But you can’t fault them for beating who is on the court, and there is an all-time great in Sue Bird and elite talent in Jewell Loyd on the team. The Mercury need more time to mesh with some new faces, but they are doing what they need to at this point.
7. Connecticut Sun (1-1) Last week: 8
The Sun got their first win of the season last week against the Sparks in their home opener. Alyssa Thomas had a great game scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. The Sun are a good team looking for a better outcome this season.
8. Los Angeles Sparks (2-2) Last week: 2
It was a tough week for the Sparks. This team has the potential to be good but needs to finish out close games in games they should be winning. With losses to the Dream and the Sun, the Sparks drop down to the eighth spot in this week’s rankings.
9. Indiana Fever (2-3) Last week: 10
The punch of youth and vets has been great for the Fever so far. Ignore the record; as a whole, they’ve been playing really well. Smith and Egbo have been home runs. Kelsey Mitchell’s leadership has helped them get their two wins.
10. Seattle Storm (1-3) Last week: 6
It’s always hard to gauge how good the Storm are without Stewie, but they didn’t look all the great before her absence. They need players outside of their top three to step up if they have any hopes of contending.
11. New York Liberty (1-3) Last week: 4
The New York Liberty have been disappointing to watch so far this season. Losing three straight games after winning against a tough Connecticut Sun team was a bit surprising. The Liberty got absolutely crushed by the defending champs, lost to the Indiana Fever in overtime, then the Dallas Wings. There’s a lot the Liberty have to fix, but they have time to turn things around.
12. Minnesota Lynx (0-4) Last week: 12
The Minnesota Lynx look like they are winning many games this season, which is sad to see in Sylvia Fowles’ final season. With that said, their losses weren’t too bad this week. Minnesota suffered a six-point loss to the Fever and a four-point loss to the Sky.